History articles

Spending time with Mom in the SF Bay for Mother's Day. Image: S Perkovich.

Jonestown: The heavy price of personality cults

WASHINGTON, August, 9, 2014 — A chilling story recently flashed across the Associated Press news wire. Cremated remains of nine victims of the November 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, were found in the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Delaware. They were among more than 900 followers ordered to commit “revolutionary suicide” by their leader (called

“The Convention at Philadelphia, 1787,” Engraving, by Frederick Juengling and Alfred Kappes

The U.S. Constitutional Convention: A peaceful revolution that transformed America

SAN JOSE, July 28, 2014 —  The period in American history after the War for Independence was a time in which the infant nation was struggling to survive under the government established by the Articles of Confederation. The people had a sense of pride in the newly born nation, but the United States of America

Execution of Robespierre

Bastille Day: Celebration of an illusion of freedom

SAN JOSE, July 14, 2014 —  Today is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a public holiday in France: ”Le quatorze juillet” (14 July), formally known as the “Fête de la Fédération”  (Federation Holiday). Today it is usually referred to as Bastille Day. The Bastille was originally a medieval fortress-prison that had often been utilized by